Colors: Kiwi Green, Chocolate Brown, and Vanilla Ice Cream (can you tell I'm a food lover!)
Theme: Winery Casual
Style: Rustic, Modern Simplicity with underlining flair of "Goofy & Fun"
Inspiration board from Style Me Pretty.
Save the Dates
Film Strip Idea by HolyMolyMatrimony Boarding Pass Idea by MrandMrsWright
Passport Idea by Nidia112
FI didn't quite understand the purpose of STDs because we the word of mouth traveled so quickly. Because I am an aspiring scrapper (the key word is "aspiring"), I really wanted to attempt my first ever STDs. However, I made my first wedding mistake... I was so mesmerized by all the creative ideas, I waited too long to make the final decision. Boooooo I ended up scratching the entire idea :( Ladies, take the time to choose your concept and then make decisions early enough to meet all the deadlines...
Inspirations: elegant box & whimsical invitations
We did not have the luxury of time & patience to completely the project entirely DIY, so we chose to:
- order printed invitations, direction card, and rsvps from Wedding Paper Divas http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/products/ProductView_845.htm
- order Pocketfolds from http://cardsandpockets.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1060
- DIY the map & wedding website insert card
As we are pronounced Mr. & Mrs... we wanted our guests to shower us with bubbles... but not just any bubbles...
I found them at Target (Yes, Jackieg!) and Michael's at prices between $1.99 to $2.50 (best time to buy: after summer clearance original price $3.99-$5).
We are offering Japanese Wind Chimes (Furin) as our favors. We absolutely love the peaceful sound... ahhhh http://www.zen-shop.net/furin1.html I'm still working on the packaging, so stay tuned.
We displayed the favor/place cards on a world map. Our original intention was to place each box close to their home (many of our guests traveled from out of state & country). However, the scale of the map was too small, so my brother made the executive decision to put in alphabetical order... the green garland hung on the edge of the table...
We loved the look of submerged orchids, so we mixed it up with low lush arrangements.
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We then discovered this rustic fall harvest look of this cake from the another photog's site I was interesting in hiring... http://www.photodance.com/# and scroll to weddings/napa valley/image 58 of 60.
Unfortunately, we had a little gliche, but my super florist, Anita Isaza at Wine Country Flowers worked her magic! The cake turned out beautiful!
3 Tier Cake in Butter Cream Icing with 3 of our favorirte flavors:
- Chocolate Overload
- Vanilla Chiffon with Lemon Curd and Raspberry Center
Kids Happy Dinner Meals
Even though we are offering buffet for the adults, we chose a kid friendly meals for our littlest guests. Instead of it being served on boring white plates, we thought it would be more fun to have it served in metal lunch boxes I found at Michael's for $1.50 (best time to buy: back to school clearance original price $3-$5)
We will also set up a craft station where they could decorate their own lunch boxes with stickers, rub ons, & magnets. (we decided to eliminate the cleanliness issue by eliminating glue, pens, and scissors)
We cannot have the ladies suffer all night with their super cute heels, so we are offering a more comfy option...
I loved the idea of a little emergency kits for our guests, but after reading many posts, I was surprised to hear that the guest almost always demolished the kit by the end of the night... The left is Kristeen's actual basket.. and I'm sorry I am not certain which PW bride I borrowed the signage from...
We used a wooden treasure chest
Ladies' Bathroom Basket
1st Aid Kit w/ extra band aids
Pain Killer (i.e. Aleve or Tylenol)
Eye Drops & Contact Lens Cleaner
Clear Nail Polish, Nail Clipper & Emery Boards
Hand Sanitizer & Moist Towlette
Cotton Swab & Cotton Balls
Hair Spray & Bobby Pins
Tampons & Pads
Gentlemen's Bathroom Basket (difference: replace Tampons for Shoe Polish, replace Bobby Pins for a Comb)
1st Aid Kit w/ extra band aids
Pain Killer (i.e. Aleve or Tylenol)
Eye Drops & Contact Lens Cleaner
Nail Clipper & Emery Boards
Cotton Swab & Cotton Balls
Hair Spray & Comb
I did not get a chance to take a pic before setting it up in the bathroom, and by the time I checked the basket at the end of the night, the guests had taken everything. Wow... what other brides said was true...
Out of Town Bags (OOT Bags)
We wanted to make a little political statement and focus a little on conservation:
We placed the following goodies in a reusable green grocery bag
Hand Written Personal Welcome Note
Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies
Homemade Dark Chocolate Mini Cupcakes
Dried Fruit & Nuts Mix
Water Bottles with Our Wedding Logo
In keeping with my theme, I used a wooden wine box for my card box. I was delighted when the winery gave me a box from their La Storia series because the name of the vintage translates to "The Story" in Italian... perfect for a wedding! It was such a pretty box, I left it as is and placed it adjacent to the photo booth area.
Inspired by MrsLDL, we decided to do a simpler version (cuz we weren't as photogenic as them)
The cork stands were easy to make using 6 corks, hot glue gun, and my inspiration color ribbons.
Even though both FI and I have been inflicted with 2 left feet (Asian left feet I might add), we were inspired by other PW gals who performed amazing dance routines... By far our favorite was Charmeng's awesome routine to Chris Brown's "Forever"!!! They had the guests screaming for more!!! As our big day approached, we totally ran out of time... arg... so we had to resort to the 8th grade sway for our 1st dance...
Grooms Party Processional: Christ Botti "A Thousand Kisses Deep" (Instrumental)
Bridal Party Processional: Acoustic guitarist "Lagrima"
Bride's Processional: Steven Curtis Chapman "I Will Be Here"
Background Music during Wine Ceremony: Acoustic guitarist "Lagrima"
Recessional : Jason Mraz "I'm Yours"
Jazz Medley at DJ's discretion (we mentioned artists such as: Tony Bennet, Ella Fitzgerald Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Michael Buble, Diana Krall, Harry Conick, Jr.)
Bride & Groom Intro: U2 "Beautiful Day"
Bride & Groom's First Dance: Babyface "Everytime I Close My Eyes"
Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance: Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli "The Prayer" Father-Bride danced for the first verse, and Mother-Groom joined at the 2nd verse.
Dinner Service: Jazz Medley
Dancing: 80's Favorite at DJ's discretion (Journey, Police, Madonna, Lionel Richie, Depeche Mode, ACDC, Duran Duran, etc.)
End of the Night:
3rd to the Last Song: Michael Buble "Save the Last Dane for Me"
2nd to the Last Song: Radio Station KNBR "Bye Bye Baby" SF Giants Homerun song - Thank you, JackieG
Final Last Song: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole "Somewhere over the Rainbow HQ"
We are hosting our wedding ceremony and Reception at Trentadue Winery in Geyserville, CA about 20 minutes north of Santa Rosa, and 5 minutes north of Healdsbury, CA. Here are some wonderful pictures that our florist forwarded me of the winery during the summer.
This was then...
Ceremony Site at the South Lawn.
Reception - Sala del Leone just adjacent to the South Lawn
and these pics are from our wedding... we were anticipating 30% chance of showers a week prior to the wedding and thanks to my rendition of Balinese Rain Stopper Dance/Prayer, the day was absolutely perfect!
We love seeing the foliage in beautiful shates of Kiwi Green, Mango Yellow, and Burnt Orange.
The Gown I fell in love with the simple, modern, elegance of Sarah Danielle's sweetheart neckline, semi-mermaid dress made with Silk Dupioni (Design#5523 The picture is from from the Knot)
I was so excited to learn that my dress would require simple alterations as follows: Create an American bustle (my chapel train was very light), add cups, take in the hips slightly, and add an extra fabric (about 3") under the dress to protect the underside from all the dragging.
I don't know what I was thinking when I decided to work on the garden under the hot August sun wearing nothing to protect my back except my racerback tank top. Ahhhh!!! I don't know if I should cry or laugh... After unsuccessful attempts exfoliating and applying self tanning lotion, I succombed to the inevitable... appointments at the tanning salon. After 3 - 20 minute sessions, most of the racerback marks faded, and I had a little bit of a glow to my declotte to enhance the sweetheart neckline.
I absolutely fell in love with the drop veil Nicole Kidman's wore when she wed Keith Urban. I tried to recreate the look in more affordable option by buying 2 tier diamond white chapel veil with cut edge via eBay seller ValueVeil. I loved the dramatic effect of the chapel length, but I wished my blusher longer (at least fingertip length). If I had a chance to do it all over, I would ask Candi Merle from Crowning Glory to design me a chapel length drop veil.
Picture from www.people.com
Shoes... shoes... shoess...
I love the feather look on these Christian Louboutin Rosazissimos, but I am most likely going to wear something more practical like this Nine West Jojus... However, I had a hard time finding Jojus in green, so I finally decided on these Nine West Green Jonnie Heels
These are my options for my end of the night dance shoes
Because my ceremony was on the lawn, I discovered Solemates http://www.thesolemates.com/. They were a little contraption you fit on your heel, and it prevented your heel from sinking into the grass. One suggestion: Don't forget to take them off during the close up shoes/feet shots. I forgot :(.....
Thanks to MrsLDL, I bought her silk flowers she wore at her wedding. It looks so pretty! Thank you MrsLDL!
Inspired by MarinBride, I am wearing a green cashmere cardigan to keep me warm throughout the night...
however, the cashmere sweater was a little too big (boo!), so I wore this 3/4 sleeve cardigan with crystal scattered throughout (I totally forgot that I had it in my closet!).
For our Chinese Banquet Reception the day after... Qipao/Cheongsam
Since my mother found a fantastic qipao/cheongsam dress maker near her home in Southern California, she managed the entire process for me (yay!!!). The most critical part of this process was getting the right measurements to the dress maker. Because my awesome and talented seamstress (for my white gown), Josie insisted on taking 15 measurements instead of the 5 required by the dress maker, the dress was a perfect fit at the 1st fitting. Thanks to those wonderful body shapers, it disguised my tummy pooch and the VPL (visible panty lines!).
The first pair was a little too "pink", so I got more of a platinum-gold heels for my Chinese Banquet Reception.
I never planned or expected it, but I was so thrilled when the key women in both of our families wanted to wear the traditional qipao/cheongsam. Although I wore a very traditional design, I love how my SILs designed a more modern option using updated designs & fabrics.
For my man... Calvin Kelin 3 Button Black Suit
I wanted to surprise FI with these fun SF 49er cufflinks (ebay seller: allstarsice) for the wedding day gift, but I forgot them in our hotel room :( No worries, FI wore his corkscrew cufflinks which fit the winery theme perfectly!
The entire look all togeher... DH escorting his mother down the aisle.
My mother wore an Alex Evening Shimmer dress that we found on clearance at Macys. http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=313632&CategoryID=22122&LinkType=SiteAd&LinkLoc=118&AdID=502177. There are so many sales throughout the years, take advantage of it if you have the tiem!
For our Chinese Banquet Reception, my Mom decided to order qiapo/cheongsam from the same dress maker who made mine. Yeah! We look like sisters :)
Maid of Honor
Since I will only have MOH standing with me, I let her pick her own gown. She chose David's Bridal Item# 81047 in Truffle - I love it... she looked absolutely stunning in that dress!
My MOH and I have been best friends since 3rd grade!!! And for those who are wondering how long ago... 20 years... just kidding... a girl will never reveal her age ;)
He also wore a black suit, black tie, and white shirt... Fairly standard... because Best Man already had his ensemble, we both saved money!!!
We just recently found out that my nieces (who live in Japan) are coming to our wedding... They were the only girls who I would have wanted to walk down the aisle with me... To get them excited about the event, we gave the girls (with the help of their mother) the option choose their dresses. My niece fell in love with this dress, and it so happens to be less the $30 Yipee!
http://www.cottoncandydress.com/servlet/the-791/flower-girl-dress/Detail I was able to take advantage of the 35% off sale that was running until October 31, 2008 now extended until December 31, 2008.
Update - A week before the wedding, my 2 1/2 year old niece became ill with a fever and was not allowed to travel. Her 5 1/2 year old sister did not want to leave her sister all alone, so we lost our two FG :(...
After receiving the disappointing call about my FGs, one of my girlfriend called to offer any last minute assistance. I was sharing my dilemma to my gf when it hit me that her two daughters (ages 6 & 3) were already coming to the wedding. Since I have known the little girls their entire life, I asked my gf if her daughters would like to be our flower girls. The girls (especially the 6 year old) were excited about my invitation!!! Thank goodness...
*** many thanks to the Cust Svc Team at Cotton Candy Dress Co in LA... They worked relentlessly to ensure the correct size dresses would be delivered prior to the big day.
Awww the FGs looked absolutely adorable!!!
K & M, you made such beautiful Flower Girls!!!! Thank you!!!
Inspired by Mrs Z aka HolyMolyMatrimony, we would love to do a black suit with the black Converse One Star for the little man. We are having a more rustic event, so we might do a white shirt with black vest and pants instead of the entire suit (We are going to let the RB decide!). My RB is 4 and half, so he is going to totally steal the show!
I love the "Run" sign, but I am not so sure if I could convince FI to let me incorporate into our event.
I love these inspiration in lieu of ring pillows.
Something unique to hold the rings. http://scarlettalley.com/store/item/2js38/Wedding_Gifts/COPPER_PORCELAIN_ORB_Ring_Holder_-_To_Have_To_Hold.html
Inspired by Viola (a Book Maker) & Phillips wedding featured in Style Me Pretty, I decided to have our RB walk down with my all time favorite book tied with a big brown bow.
My Ring Bearer's "Ring Pillow Book" and the Rustic Card Box
His Band - Titanium Band with a simple groove with brushed center
Her Band - Princess Cut Diamond (in channel setting) 3/4 Anniversary Band
For the Bride - Winery Wedding Day 1
After I saw these gorgeous Kris Nation Green Amethyst Briolettes earrings on fellow PW brdie, SquillacelikeVersace, I absolutely fell in love with them until...
... I saw Beatie & Jackieg's postings on these Nadri Faceted Crystal Drop Earrings (from Nordstrom) and wondered how their earrings would compliment my gown.
Then D1rty introduced me to etsy designer RockPaperSilver as she posted her Ivory Briolettes... oooo so pretty. Now I was in trouble...
However, I finally decided on Nadri pave drop earrings and link bracelet similar to the pics below but much simpler option (I could not find pics)
For the Bride - Chinese Banquet Reception Day 2
Because my Traditional Chinese Wedding Dress (called Qipao or Cheongsam) was made from beautiful, ornate, red silk, I wanted to wear accessory to complete the look. Sine I did not get a chance to wear my Ivory Briolette, I decided that the Ivory stone will beautifully accent the gold trim on my dress. However, I quickly did am accessory switch-a-roo and wore the beautiful set of pearl stud earrings my aunt and uncle gave me for my wedding. It was all worth it to see the joy on their faces!
All right... you will have to forgive me for slightly cheesy decor in the background with heart shaped balloon wreath and the huge gold lettering embodying our names. The left picture looks like I'm giving the photographer a scary stare (sorry), but it was the only photo that showed off the ivory Briolette earring :) and then a quick switch-a-roo to show off the gorgeous pearl stud earring my aunt gave me.
For the Groom
I just found these on ebay seller: allstarsice... cufflinks including shipping $32, but DH decided to wear his cork screw cufflink to coincide with our winery wedding theme :)
Ahhhhh sorry DH... no more bling bling for your ensemble :(
Venue: Trentadue Winery http://www.trentadue.com
Catering: Park Avenue Catering (Contact: Leslie Fravel) http://www.parkavecater.com
Cake Designer: http://www.michellemaries.com/
Floral: Wine Country Flowers http://www.winecountryflowers.com/home.html
Photographer: Deborah Laver http://www.laverphoto.com/
Disk Jockey: Mark Phinney (510) 301-1135
Make Up Artist: Trisha O'Connor (707) 545-8252 or (707) 490-9923
Officiant: Anthony Martin http://martinweddings.googlepages.com/
Invitations: Paper Divas http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/products/ProductView_845.htm
Cards & Pocket http://cardsandpocketsstore.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=83
Misc Martha Stewart Scrapbooking supplies from Michales
... to the point of no return". We got our marriage license on October 16th in Sonoma, CA... wahooo!
Because it's a PW tradition, I had to ask FI to pose for the pic... I'm not so sure if we look excited or a bit surreal :)
Because we couldn't squeeze our budget to include the $1500+ price tag for the photo booth, we came up with a homemade version.
Concept: I wanted to jazz up the Polaroid Sign In Book idea by combining it with Photo Bar concept (similar to our High School Prom Picture Station).
- Digital Camera with 2 large memory capacity stick and USB Cable (or use 2 digital cameras) - We used Sony Cybershot with 2 memory sticks.
- Laptop to download pictures to keep the photos organized and Digital Camera free from memory overload. - We used iPhoto in MacBook, but you can use any photo processing program that comes with your laptop.
- Photo Printer including the program disc & necessary USB/printer cables - We used 2 printers: Epson PictureMate & HP Photosmart C6380 just to maximize printing time - don't go out and buy one, just ask your family & friends. Make sure you dowload the program & test it prior to the day of the wedding.
- Plain Backdrop - We used PVC Piping for the frame and Red Curtains from my fav store Target!
- Lighting in case the venue will dim the lights for the reception - We luckily had a separate dimmer switch to keep the area illuminated enough for photos.
- Photo Printing Supplies (ink cartridge & photo paper)
- Scrapbooking Supplies (Album, Acid Free Paper, Acid Free Glue, Colorful Pens, and any Scrapbook Embellishment)
- Props - fun hats & accessories to make the picture more fun - We had a pirate hat, patch, and sword, Mickey Ears, Red Clown Nose, Gladiator Hat, Viking Helmet with Horns, Straw Hats, Silly Glasses/Nose/Moustache, Plastic Ball & Chain, Boas, and Physician's cap and stethoscope.
Photo Booth Attendants
- Designated Photographer - We had my Brother's Friend/Family Friend
- Designated Photo Processors - We had my brother who could manage multiple computer equipment.
- Depending on the total number of guests, you might want designate another person to be in charge of helping guests in/out of props, and possibly another person to assista guest in completing their yearbook pag. - We had as my brother's GF and her GF/Family Friend who kept the process organized and assisted the guests whenever necessary.
- Find a location far enough from the main stage to prevent any competition between 2 activities yet large enough for all the equipment (a backdrop, small table for the props, and at least 6' rectangle table). - We stationed our Photo Booth adjacent to the entry way, using 40" round for the props, and 30"x8' for the Processing Station.
- At the end of the night, the Processing Station looks a little cluttered, but it was a fav hang out for the guests when they needed a break from the dance floor.
- If the designated area has a plain background, you may not need to have a backdrop.
- The designated person will encourage the guest to select props for their fun photos.
- The designated photographer will take at least 2 poses or as many pics as the guests desire. Of course, if there is a line, manage accordingly.
- After the photos are taken, encourage the guest to either decorate the yearbook page leaving a space blank for the photo(s) or return back in about 5-10 minutes to design their very own yearbook page with the finish photo. My brilliant brother and his gorgeous GF made a silly yearbook page which they used as a sample for all the guests.
- We provided 2 prints/pose: 1 copy for the yearbook page and the second as a gift for the guests to take home as a memento.
Overall, the photo booth was a huge hit!! All the youngin' enjoyed it... It was truly a priceless moment for me when our well mannered elders joined in all the fun (MIL is 2nd to the right wearing the viking helmet with the horns).
Thank Goodness, my SIL is as silly as I am; otherwise, she would kill me for posting this pic ;)
Things I would change:
- To place the printer in a more discreet place to make the processing look more streamline.
- Make the Backdrop wider (maybe 3 panels of red curtain instead of 2).
- Instead of White Yearbook Pages, I would have used Black Archival Pages with Silver Pen.
- Include more props: Crowns, Ornate Masquerade Mask, Chef's Hat with large wooden spoon and/or whisk, Stuffed Animal for kids, Apron, boxing gloves, Mistletoe ball, Santa Hats/Reindeer Antlers, Veil & Tuxedo Tie, and extra ball and chain (mine broke after couple of hours).
- More Scrapbook embellishment to give guests more creative options.
- Make sure the team takes a break to eat and play. Some took the job so seriously that they did not get a chance to eat :(
- Digital Camera - Free Bride's Camera
- Laptop - Free Brother's GF's new MacBook
- Photo Printer - Free Bride brought the PictureMate while her brother brought his HP printer.
- Plain Backdrop - PVC at Home Depot $20 2 panel Red Silk Curtain from Target - on Sale $30
- Lighting - Free DH had a pseudo "photographer's light"
- Photo Printing Supplies- $40 for 2 cartridge & 200 4x6 photo paper for PictureMate Printer (from ebay - yeah!) & $30 for HP printer cartridge
- Scrapbooking Supplies (Album, Acid Free Paper, Acid Free Glue, Colorful Pens, and any Scrapbook Embellishment) - Everything purchased with 40-50% off coupons from Michael's & AC Moore $25
- Props - purchased at Party City $50
- Total Expense = $195 Total Savings: $1,305 (Gotta Love it!)
Here were some website I got my inspiration:
For more those who have photographic or carpentry skills, here are more interesting sites:
NIB - Nina Electra - Deep Plum Luster Size 7.5M purchased at $89++ selling for $60+shipping
NIB - Nina Electra - Gold Royal Satin Size 8M purchased $89++ selling for $60+shipping
FS New With Tags J. Crew 100% Cotton Jackie Cardigan 3/4 sleeve Item# BL8600 Size Small & Size Medium. I bought it late September when they had their 30% off sale. I could just return it, but I wanted to offer it to the PW ladies first... I am selling for what I paid... $30 plus shipping. SOLD
Inspired by MarinBride, I bought this Baby Blue Cardigan to keep me warm from the fall evening. A month later, I found a cardigan in my theme color green. GL
- NIB (new in boxes) Nina Fleur Chocolate Size 7.5M $25 plus shipping SOLD
- NIB Nina Grekel Gold 7.5M $55 plus shipping SOLD
I can still return them, but I wanted to offer to the PW ladies first! SOLD
- Brown Old Navy Flip Flops/Slippers: Total 10 pairs: 4-size 11, 5-size 8, 1-size 6 SOLD
- Rectangular Dark Brown Woven Baskets: Total 3 Baskets: 13x18x5, 12x17x4, 10x15x3 SOLD
- Unfinished Wooden Treasure Chests - Total 2: 10x5x8 (at the highest point) GIVEN TO ANOTHER BRIDE
- I used them for my bathroom amenities
- Photobooth Props: 1-Plastic Viking Helmet 2-Straw Hats (small) 1- Plastic Sword (kid's size) SOLD
- Cocktail Napkins (3ply) 50 count - 1 pkg of Green, 1 pkg of Brown - GIVEN TO ANOTHER BRIDE
- Ribbons: Assorted Green & Brown Ribbons - GIVEN TO ANOTHER BRIDE
- Brides Magazine Favor Box Kit (50) - Green 1 assembled 49 unassembled - DONATED
- Flameless Tealight Candles 2 pack (batteries included 60 hours battery life) - Total 5 pkgs - SOLD
- Crayons 24 Count - Total 15 boxes
- 11" Crystal Vase (little heavy)
- 2" Clear Round Votive Holders - Total 192 175